"While the United States continues to vie for influence in Central Asia, a multi-state organization of Central and East Asian powers is gaining in prominence in this important region. Does this hold any prophetic significance? What does it mean for the rest of the world?"
SCO member and observer states
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"Just when many people are lulled into a false complacent sense of security, prophetic world geopolitics is taking a huge transformational step away from United States domination of the world stage!
Most American citizens would be oblivious to what is happened on June 15, 2011, in a city they have probably never heard of: Astana, Kazakhstan. It will have profound impact on the USA.
A power vacuum is being created in Afghanistan, as Washington officials seek to draw down American troop numbers, and their other allies are espousing ways of reducing their troop numbers, without a “panic to the exits,” as reported in the media.
A powerful Eurasian coalitionMeanwhile, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is had its 10th year anniversary meeting at Astana, Kazakhstan, on June 15, 2011, with the express views of stepping into the power vacuum in Afghanistan.
Nicolas J. S. Davies reported on Consortiumnews.com, on June 7, 2011:
“On May 15, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that an important expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be on the agenda at its upcoming summit in Astana in Kazakhstan on June 15.Davies further adds:
“If the expansion is approved, India and Pakistan will join China, Russia and the Central Asian republics as full SCO members, and Afghanistan will join Iran and Mongolia as a new SCO 'observer.'
“The U.S. media seem to have missed this news, but future historians will be unlikely to ignore it as an important turning point in the history of Afghanistan, the United States and the world.
The original Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), who met in 1996 to sign a 'Treaty on Deepening Trust in Border Regions,' formed the SCO in 2001 with the addition of Uzbekistan and a commitment to greater cooperation in military and economic affairs.
“In 2005, President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan hailed the historic nature of that year’s SCO summit, the first time that the original members were joined by India, Pakistan and Iran. He noted that half the human race was now represented around the SCO negotiating table” (Consortiumnews.com at: http://consortiumnews.com/2011/06/07/asian-alliance-supplants-us-empire/, emphasis mine throughout).
“The United States also applied for 'observer' status in the SCO in 2005, but its application was rejected.
“The Afghans have decided to join the SCO despite longstanding opposition from Washington. Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul spent four days meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing before Lavrov’s announcement on May 15.
“One thing we can be sure they all agreed on is that they want the United States out of Afghanistan, and the rub for the United States is that the SCO and its member states will be waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces whether we get out this year, next year or in ten years’ time” (ibid).
The rest of the world watches with interestThe implications from this momentous SCO 10th anniversary meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, will also not be lost on a very aware European Union.
As the EU observes a further erosion of U.S. power in Eurasia via the SCO, they will very likely begin stepping up their own military and economic ties within the central major national members of the E.U.
Already, there are signs of a shift to the right in European politics, since the elections in Portugal.
God’s prophet Ezekiel prophesied long ago about the coming end-time empire of Gog and Magog, in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Will this Asian bloc of nations fulfill this prophecy?
A huge empire from the East is prophesied to form an army of 200 million in the end-time and to attack the European Beast power across the Euphrates river (Revelation:9:13-19; Revelation:16:12).
In that devastating initial battle one third of mankind are prophesied to die (Revelation:9:18-19).
It will be at that time that Jesus Christ will intervene and return to this Earth to establish God’s Kingdom on this Earth, before “no flesh might be saved alive” (Matthew:24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.; Isaiah:9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.)."
A commentary by Ken Murray Posted June 14, 2011
What does the word hosanna mean?
What did it mean when the multitude welcomed Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna”?
"At Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people shouted “Hosanna.” Some paraphrase this as “hooray” (see the Contemporary English Version of Matthew:21:9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.). But really hosanna is from the Hebrew words “Hoshiah Na! Save now! or, Save, we beseech thee!—redress our grievances, and give us help from oppression!” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible).
The Hebrew phrase was used by people asking a king to help or save them. For example, “When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, ‘Save me, O king’” (2 Samuel:14:4And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king., English Standard Version). This type of request is also found in 2 Kings:6:26And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king..
The multitude welcoming Jesus Christ was likely alluding to Psalm 118, a messianic psalm where the Hebrew phrase is translated “Save now” (verse 25).
So, not only was the multitude acknowledging Jesus Christ as King and praising Him, they were asking Him to save and deliver them in Matthew:21:9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.: “Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Hosanna in the highest!’”
Ray was really sick, and Shay said he didn't get out of bed all day. But I know he did, as he fed their cats when he let them out of their utility room where they sleep at night.
It seems that the folks who don't abide by the rules set out on the food packages about cooking or reheating to 165 deg. internal temperature are the ones who get sick a lot. I use my food thermometer and abide by those rules, and I don't get sick.
I spent the morning tending to my animals, and working on articles for this blog.
Jay fixed the utility closet on their porch so that raccoons, armadillos or 'whatever', could not get in there any more. 'Whatever' had been using it as a bathroom, so Jay was pretty grossed out when I went to get him up to pick up their repaired washer. Then I helped him get the washer laden appliance dolly up the steps onto their porch. That was one quick trip into the next town which still took over an hour and a half.
Later in in the afternoon, I got my biggest carrier ready to transport my kittens to meet their prospective "Mom", and I put a little litter box and water bowl in there, too. I managed to get it in my van, drive back to Conroe, get it onto a cart at Petco, and wheeled them in. I was early, so it gave me a chance to sit down, settle down, and catch my breath a bit.
The lady and her friend played with them in a back room at Petco for quite a long time. Each kitten sat on their laps and purred at them, and they behaved beautifully. She had come to meet "Pal", the orange tabby boy, and remarked how loving, gentle and beautiful he is, but was considering one of the girls as a companion for him, too. The ladies and my SPCA boss said that he has the wonderful "Maine Coon" personality, even though he doesn't look like one. http://fanciers.com/breed-faqs/maine-coon-faq.html They remarked how big his feet are, and what a beautiful large cat he will be.
But the lady didn't tell us anything right there and then, and "will let us know", before Monday. My SPCA boss helped me load the big carrier back into my van, as I was worn out, and she will call me when she hears from the lady.
So I still don't know how long I will have them. If the lady decides to take one or two of them, the chosen one(s) will be taken by another foster mom to be spayed/neutered on Tuesday. Then I will keep him/them for their Post Surgery care, and they can go to their new home on Friday. If she decides not to take any of them, or which ever one(s) are left over, then I have to make the appointment to take them to the Big SPCA in Houston.
Because they are getting too big to be all in one cage, and as I had the feeling that if two were chosen, it would be little Precious who would be left behind, I have been keeping her in a separate cage at night. She is the one who weaned herself off the bottle first, as she wanted to be 'a big girl' now. Also when they are loose playing my the grooming room, the other two stick closer together.
Here is their web page: http://www.spcaofmc.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=3341687
I will be sorry, and yet glad, to see them go, as they are too much for me. It is not just the housing, feeding, loving, and cleaning boxes that is the job of a foster mom, the animals also have to be driven to the next town for Adoption Days, and meet prospective parents. For me, that is the hardest part, getting them loaded, and unloaded.
In this heat, I am always so worried that I will get a flat tire or something, and be stuck on the side of the road for a while, so it was very stressful, and exhausting for me to take them yesterday.